Thursday, September 24, 2009
This is Steelers week in Cincinnati and for Cincinnati fans this means it is a huge week. There are a number of reasons why. Sure, we haven't beat the Steelers at home since 2001. Either way we get excited for this matchup. Whenever the schedule comes out I look for this game. I am sure that fans in the Steel City circle this game for a different reason. For Pittsburgh fans this is an easy W on the schedule, for Cincinnati fans this is the chance to beat the hated franchise who we have chased for years. Why do I hate the Steelers so much? Thats easy, envy. As a Bengals fan I wish my franchise were just like the Steelers. The Steelers have attitude and swagger, the Steelers are always in your face, and most importantly the Steelers win. We have felt like the step-chidren of the AFC North for a few years. We all know the history from Palmers knee to Rivers jaw for years they have gotten the best of us. In 2005, we thought we got the best of them, we beat them in their house and went on to win the North division. But they came to Paul Brown and beat us in the playoffs, so they got the best of us once again. But regardless of the past this is a new year and a new week. I can block out all of those previous years and focus on today. If we lose every game of the year but beat the Steelers I will be very happy. This is a must win not only for a a playoff run but just for respect. The Bengals need to be aggressive and need to be physical. They need to shove the ball down their throats on offense and knock their lights out on defense. This is Steelers week fella's, time to step it up.